Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Inspired by others!!!

Lenorita - Sunday Sketches & the Wright Stuff...  For the past week I have been bopping around through some beautiful art - had the day off today and a super small canvas - not meant for watercolor but there really are no rules in art:

used watercolors, gouache, watercolor crayons, pen and gel pen - entitled: Merry

thanks for the inspiration & motivation!
Cheers, dana
ps. as I have spent the day with her... I must expand the title: Merry, the essence of Helen's soul, unfortunately not her life

Sunday, November 28, 2010

ART ???

"What is art? Is it paint on canvas? Pencil on paper? Yarn on needles?

We at CRESCENDOh believe that art is all of that and more. Art is what comes out of each of us, as we use our diverse spectrum of talent to elevate and beautify our lives. Art can be a quilt … a collage … a rubber stamped card … a poem … a musical performance … a well-loved garden … a delicious meal … a warm conversation. Art is what gets us through the moment, the hour, the day, the years, the lifetime. ART SAVES. "

This says it all!
cheers, dana

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My November ATC to Meri

The theme was OPEN!
The suggestion was things you love!  So I decided to do: A Few of my Favorite Things!  I sang that song in a recital a million years ago - it popped in my head when reading the November challenge!  So, here it is...

Hope Meri likes it as much as I loved hers! Please scroll down and see my post of the ATC I received from her, beautiful!  Then go to her blog - click the button to the right, and enter her Christmas giveaway!  Check out the ATC swap at http://blissfullatcswap.blogspot.com/ - great fun if you are looking to participate!

Thanks for hosting Wendy!  Hope you had a great b-day!
cheers, dana

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Remember its beginning...this base left Michigan on August 27th, 2010.

Entitled, Make Art - Make Friends

Mission - to visit 5 additional artists for them to contribute a piece of themselves to ultimately reflect the theme message.  The postcard traveled a total of 8548 miles!!!  I am an artist (wanna-be); paints and brushes are my main tools.  I had no idea how this would come out or work out... I have learned alot.  Should I attempt something like this again, I will give more direction so that no one feels that they were not given equal opportunity to contribute.  Each artist also sent a journal page/letter once they completed their time with the postcard.  These pages were filled with anticipation and emotion!  I will be compiling these into booklets for each artist to have the complete set.   These pages are works of art on their own.

 Everyone will also get an 8 X 10 print of our completed project!
Thanks to my fellow "artists" for participating!  It was truly a journey.
Kelly of Tales from the South, Anna of Frosted Petunias, Wendy of Bliss Angels, Debbie of Simply Debbie, Penny of Palaver from Pellie & Genghis and me!

thank you lady's - dana

Sunday, November 14, 2010

blissful ATC swap for November...

As I am a last minute Lucy, mine is just leaving in the mail today, November 15th is the deadline!  I have already received mine from Meri at Imagimeri's Creations!!!  It is beautiful!!!  I hope you can read the embossed print of believe, precious treasure and prosper!!!  I shall hang it where I can view it everyday!

The added bonus was the beautiful stitched notecard that came along with it!  Absolutely lovely!  Thanks Meri, what a wonderful trade. 

Yes, yours is in the mail.  Here is a sneak peek but I won't really post it until the end of the week so you get it first!

Happy trading!
cheers, dana
(I will be posting the finished Giant Traveling Postcard on Wednesday!)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

traveling post card

I will post the completed project...it certainly didn't go the way I expected - what does.  I have learned alot - back to my paints and brushes!
cheers, dana

Sunday, November 7, 2010

willowing project finished

Here she is, flower girl!  I didn't exactly follow the directions but loved all the insight of Tam's techniques.  I plan on adding her to my shared thoughts notecard collection. 

available now!  $5.00 for set
 Currently I sell them as a set of 3 for $5.00!  (when I add her next year plus another - it will be a five card grouping for $8.75 a packet.  Individuals are available at $2.00 each)

I also have a set of my bloom collection, the tropics, and artful thoughts... let me know if you'd like to see them!

Make art, make friends... send art - share souls!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Willowing and Artist friends online class...

Here is my portrait in the making (I repeat, in the making).  First I did some sketching and then started adding the watercolor crayon and pencils... I don't think I like having so much pencil in the mix - but - this is a learning experience.   I think, even after completing her, I will try a couple more before moving on.  Tam is a fasinating teacher - check it out, its FREE !!!
I love that I am getting back to painting!!!
Make art...make friends!!  Postcard result, coming soon!!!
cheers, dana